LA Convention Center suitor blasts Anschutz bid

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The Los Angeles Convention Center (AP Photo)

The Los Angeles Convention Center (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pennsylvania-based company is challenging a plan to hire the owner of Staples Center to run the Los Angeles Convention Center.

A panel last week recommended the City Council approve a bid by Anschutz Entertainment Group. The council may decide later this month.

On Monday, challenger SMG filed an appeal with city officials, arguing that Anschutz lacks the required experience and noting that it doesn’t manage any convention centers in the United States. However, it does run them in other countries.

SMG runs 70 centers in San Francisco, Chicago and other cities.

SMG also says Anschutz may have a conflict of interest because it operates hotels within a mile of the Convention Center.

Anschutz spokesman Michael Roth disputed the allegations to the Los Angeles Times.

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